Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on June 30, 2011 @ 08:54:12 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Chris Davis | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers are considering moving OF Josh Hamilton back to center field and putting 1B/OF Chris Davis in left field. Davis is hitting .374 with 19 homers in 33 games at Triple-A Round Rock.

1B | Prince Fielder | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 1B Prince Fielder is the designated hitter Thursday, June 30, with IF Mat Gamel at first base. C Jonathan Lucroy has the day off.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
The move to insert DH David Ortiz at first base and have 1B Adrian Gonzalez start in right field proved to be a flop Wednesday, June 29, against the Philadelphia Phillies. Ortiz was hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout, while Gonzalez was 1-for-4, and he didn't have any putouts in his first game in right field since 2005.

1B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs, four RBIs and a walk Wednesday, June 29, against the New York Mets. Cabrera has hit safely in seven straight games, and he has five multi-hit games during the stretch.

1B | Juan Miranda | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Juan Miranda was htiless in four at-bats Wednesday, June 29, against the Cleveland Indians. Miranda is 0-for-11 over his past four games with three strikeouts. He is in a prolonged slump, going 4-for-41 over his past 14 games since a four-hit game June 7. Miranda's average has slipped from .259 to .217 as a result. In addition, Miranda is hitless in his past 30 at-bats at Chase Field.

1B | Clint Robinson | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Clint Robinson, 2B Johnny Giavotella and SP Luis Mendoza were each selected to play in the Triple-A All-Star Game July 13 in Salt Lake City. Robinson leads Omaha with 17 home runs, 54 RBIs and a .330 batting average.

1B | Billy Butler | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Billy Butler grounded into a fielder's choice in a pinch-hitting appearance Wednesday, June 29, against the San Diego Padres in his only at-bat of the game. He finished the series 0-for-6 in the three-game set, ending his consecutive-series hitting streak at 131. He smashed the previous franchise record held by Willie Wilson, who hit in 96 straight series.

1B | Anthony Rizzo | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 1B Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-4 with two RBIs and two strikeouts Wednesday, June 29, against the Kansas City Royals. He also had his first major league stolen base. Rizzo is still batting just .175 overall, and he is just 2-for-15 over the past five games.

1B | Michael Young | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Michael Young was hitless in four at-bats Wednesday, June 29, against the Houston Astros, halting his hitting streak at 13 games.

1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton and OF Charlie Blackmon are taking the day off Wednesday, June 29.


Second Baseman

2B | David Eckstein | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent 2B David Eckstein (Padres) said he's not retired and received an offer to sign with a team four weeks ago, but he turned it down. Eckstein said it had to be the right situation. His brother, Washington Nationals hitting coach Rick Eckstein, said "I think in this game you get to a point where you know what you can do, and you want to be in a situation where people believe in you." "David has been a great attribute to baseball for 10 years. He brings a certain element to every team he's been a part of, and at some point, what he brings, people don't see it as a value. So he has decided not to play." Eckstein said.

2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler hit two homers Wednesday, June 29.

2B | Orlando Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 2B Orlando Cabrera had a season-high four hits, including a double, in a win Wednesday, June 29, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Cabrera also added two runs scored and an RBI.

2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Dustin Ackley went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk Wednesday, June 29, in a loss against the Atlanta Braves. Ackley had at least one hit in each game of the series against the Braves, and he has hit safely in five straight overall.

2B | Martin Prado | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Martin Prado (calf) is still waiting for clearance to begin running. He won't receive the green light until the incision from his surgery is fully healed, so he may not be back before the All-Star break.

2B | Darwin Barney | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Chicago Cubs activated 2B Darwin Barney (knee) from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, June 29, and released SP Doug Davis in a corresponding move.


Shortstop

SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Texas Rangers SS Elvis Andrus (wrist) may take another day off Thursday, June 30.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk Wednesday, June 29, against the Oakland Athletics. The homer was the first for Ramirez since May 21. He has six RBIs over the past six games while batting in the cleanup spot of interim manager Jack McKeon's batting order.

SS | Cliff Pennington | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SS Cliff Pennington went 1-for-4 with a first inning single Wednesday, June 29, against the Florida Marlins to snap an 0-for-23 slide.

SS | Jerry Hairston Jr. | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals SS Jerry Hairston Jr. (hand) said Wednesday, June 29, that there is a "little break" between where the right hand meets the wrist. Hairston said he is going to try and play through the injury.

SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond (quadriceps) did not start Wednesday, June 29, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but he was able to come on as a pinch runner and finish up at shortstop. He struck out in his only at-bat.

SS | Jose Reyes | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SS Jose Reyes, 3B Justin Turner, OF Carlos Beltran, 1B Daniel Murphy and 2B Ruben Tejada each had two hits in a rout of the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, June 29. Murphy drove in four runs, while Beltran and Turner came across to score twice.

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a double, walk and RBI Wednesday, June 29, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It wasn't all great, as he struck out and was caught stealing.

SS | Alex Gonzalez | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SS Alex Gonzalez had a seventh inning single Wednesday, June 29, against the Seattle Mariners to snap an 0-for-19 slide.

SS | Rey Navarro | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals promoted SS Rey Navarro from Class A Wilmington to Double-A Northwest Arkansas Wednesday, June 29, and demoted IF Kurt Mertins to Wilmington from NWA.

SS | Juan Uribe | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean indicated Wednesday, June 29, that he is not interested in re-acquiring SS Juan Uribe from the Los Angeles Dodgers. He said he has not talked to Dodgers GM Ned Colletti in weeks.

SS | Erick Aybar | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Erick Aybar went hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout Wednesday, June 29, against the Washington Nationals, snapping a nine-game hit streak.

SS | Maicer Izturis | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Maicer Izturis (foot) was available as a pinch hitter Wednesday, June 29, and he might be able to start Friday, July 1.

SS | J.J. Hardy | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles have engaged in contract extension talks with SS J.J. Hardy's agent, but the talks are still in the early stages.

SS | Rafael Furcal | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Rafael Furcal (oblique) could return to the team this weekend. He will serve as the designated hitter in his rehab game Wednesday, June 29.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (calf) could begin his rehab assignment with Double-A Trenton Saturday, July 2, according to general manager Brian Cashman.

SS | Ryan Theriot | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SS Ryan Theriot is taking the day off Wednesday, June 29.

SS | Alexi Casilla | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Minnesota Twins 2B Alexi Casilla (thumb, back) was held out Wednesday, June 29, with a sore right thumb and stiff back but is expected to return Friday, July 1.


Third Baseman

3B | Kevin Youkilis | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, Boston Red Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis (foot) is having a precautionary X-ray on his foot Thursday, June 30.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez is out of the lineup Thursday, June 30.

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones (knee) is hoping to avoid a trip to the disabled list, but he said if he did land on the DL, he'd likely have surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee. It would likely keep him out three weeks.

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez hit a pinch-hit, walkoff single Wednesday, June 29.

3B | Melvin Mora | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks released 3B Melvin Mora Wednesday, June 29, according to manager Kirk Gibson.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright (back) took swings in a pool Wednesday, June 29, and is expected to hit off a tee Thursday, June 30. Manager Terry Collins thinks Wright will begin rehab games in roughly eight days.

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria hit a two-run double in a losing effort Wednesday, June 29, and has knocked in 13 runs in his last six games. He has six RBIs over 25 home games this year.

3B | Casey McGehee | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Casey McGehee was dropped from fifth to seventh in the lineup Wednesday, June 29. OF Corey Hart is hitting fifth and 3B Mat Gamel is sixth.

3B | Josh Fields | Japanese League | Transaction
The Colorado Rockies released 3B Josh Fields Tuesday, June 28, so that he could sign with the Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese League.

3B | Geoff Blum | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Geoff Blum (knee) played five innings in a rehab game Monday, June 27, and did not feel any ill effects from his knee. He is scheduled to play two more rookie games Wednesday, June 29, and Saturday, July 2, before joining Triple-A Reno to continue his rehab assignment. He does not have a timetable for his return but said he is making steady progress in his rehab.


Catcher

C | A.J. Pierzynski | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox C A.J. Pierzynski hit a sacrifice fly to take the lead in the top of the ninth in the team's win Wednesday, June 29.

C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos (illness) was not in the lineup Wednesday, June 29, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim due to flu-like symptoms. C Ivan Rodriguez started in his absence and went 1-for-3.

C | Mike Napoli | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Mike Napoli (oblique) will catch for Triple-A Round Rock Thursday, June 30, play first Friday, July 1, catch again Saturday, July 2, and serve as the designated hitter Sunday, July 3, before returning to the team Monday, July 4.

C | Brian Esposito | Houston Astros | Injury, Transaction,
The Houston Astros recalled RP David Carpenter and C Brian Esposito from the minors Wednesday, June 29. In a corresponding move, the team moved RP Alberto Arias (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list.

C | Nick Hundley | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres C Nick Hundley (elbow) was out for his fourth straight game Wednesday, June 29, but is expected to return Friday, July 1. Hundley is dealing with fluid buildup in his elbow.

C | Miguel Olivo | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C Miguel Olivo (leg), who is not in the lineup Wednesday, June 29, underwent an MRI exam and could be available if needed.

C | Ryan Hanigan | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds C Ryan Hanigan (lat) hit a three-run home run to help his team to a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, June 29. It was his first homer since he hit two April 3. Hanigan was returning to the lineup after sitting three games with a sore lat muscle.

C | Josh Bard | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Transaction
The Seattle Mariners placed C Chris Gimenez (oblique) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, June 29, and recalled C Josh Bard from Triple-A Tacoma in a corresponding move. Also, P Edward Paredes was designated for assignment.

C | Raul Padron | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians signed free-agent C Raul Padron (Athletics) to a minor league deal Tuesday, June 28, and assigned him to Double-A Akron.


Outfielder

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson and C Russell Martin are out of the lineup Thursday, June 30.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers are considering moving OF Josh Hamilton back to center field and putting 1B/OF Chris Davis in left field. Davis is hitting .374 with 19 homers in 33 games at Triple-A Round Rock.

OF | Alfonso Soriano | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano and C Geovany Soto are out of the lineup Thursday, June 30.

OF | Rajai Davis | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Rajai Davis snapped an 0-for-12 slump Wednesday, June 29, and had his first multihit game since June 3.

OF | Xavier Paul | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Xavier Paul (hamstring) was a late scratch Wednesday, June 29, with a tight right hamstring.

OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (knee) did not start Wednesday, June 29, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim due to a sore left knee. He appeared as a pinch hitter, striking out in the eighth inning.

OF | Raul Ibanez | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Raul Ibanez went 3-for-3 with a double, home run and two RBIs Wednesday, June 29, against the Boston Red Sox. Ibanez came in on a 1-for-22 slide.

OF | Fernando Martinez | New York Mets | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Mets recalled OF Fernando Martinez from Triple-A Buffalo Wednesday, June 29.

OF | Willie Harris | New York Mets | Transaction
The New York Mets placed OF Willie Harris on paternity leave Wednesday, June 29, and he'll be away from the team one to three days. Harris' wife went into labor just five months into her pregancy, according to manager Terry Collins.

OF | Angel Pagan | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Angel Pagan and C Ronny Paulino each had four-hit games Wednesday, June 29, against the Detroit Tigers. Paulino had two doubles, four runs scored and an RBI, while Pagan had two doubles, three runs scored, four RBIs and a stolen base.

OF | B.J. Upton | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF B.J. Upton swatted a home run in the loss Wednesday, June 29, against the Cincinnati Reds. He hit a homer on the same day as his brother, Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton, for the eighth time in their careers. Former 1B Aaron Boone and 2B Bret Boone hold the record for homers by brothers on the same day, accomplishing the feat 19 times.

OF | Cameron Maybin | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin went 1-for-4 with a strikeout Wednesday, June 29, against the Kansas City Royals. Maybin is 10-for-24 (.417) with a double, triple, four walks, eight runs scored and three RBIs over the past seven games. Maybin also has a career-high 11 steals.

OF | Nicholas Francis | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals promoted OF Nicholas Francis from Class A Wilmington to Double-A Northwest Arkansas Wednesday, June 29.

OF | Jeff Francoeur | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Jeff Francoeur was hitless in four at-bats with four strikeouts Wednesday, June 29, against the San Diego Padres.

OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI Wednesday, June 29, against the St. Louis Cardinals, to extend his hitting streak to 18 games. His run is the longest active streak in the American League.

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun went 3-for-4 with an RBI and stolen base Wednesday, June 29, against the New York Yankees, pushing his hitting streak to 19 games. Braun is batting .347 (25-for-72) during the impressive run. His streak is the longest active run in the majors.

OF | Josh Willingham | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said OF Josh Willingham (Achilles') is on target to return Sunday, July 3.

OF | Rick Ankiel | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel (intercostal) is leading off for Triple-A Syracuse in a rehab game Wednesday, June 29.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (shoulder) admitted that he is finally feeling more comfortable after missing time with a right shoulder injury. "I don't have to think about it so much," Heyward said. " I'm not thinking about getting my hands to some point or what not. I can relax, just see the ball and react to it."

OF | Keenyn Walker | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
The Chicago White Sox reached an agreement with their first-round pick, OF Keenyn Walker, Wednesday, June 29. He will report to short-season Great Falls once the signing is official. Financial terms were not disclosed.

OF | Johnny Damon | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Johnny Damon recorded his 2,654th career hit with a single Wednesday, June 29, to tie former OF Ted Williams for 71st place on the all-time list for hits.

OF | Jay Bruce | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts Wednesday, June 29.

OF | Luke Scott | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Luke Scott (knee) is not in the lineup Wednesday, June 29. OF Felix Pie is starting in left field.

OF | Luis Durango | Houston Astros | Transaction
The Houston Astros claimed OF Luis Durango off waivers from the San Diego Padres Wednesday, June 29.

OF | Jason Kubel | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Jason Kubel (foot) went 0-for-2 with three walks as the designated hitter with Single-A Fort Myers Tuesday, June 28, and will play right field Wednesday, June 29.

OF | Peter Bourjos | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Peter Bourjos is now holding his bat in a more neutral position instead of "wrapped" close to his head and has minimized his leg kick to start his swing. He has hit .328 (22-for-67) in June with just 14 strikeouts.

Hitting coach Mickey Hatcher suggested the changes to eliminate an upper cut that Bourjos had developed. "He's trying to get a shorter path to the ball, trying to slow things down, see the ball better and use the whole field," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Those are all things he has the capability of doing. He just got away from them, was pulling off the ball and got into some ruts."

OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Luke Scott (knee) likely will not be in the starting lineup Wednesday, June 29, because his knee is still sore from hitting the wall while making a catch. OF Felix Pie is expected to start in left field but Nolan Reimold is also an option.

OF | Denard Span | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Twins OF Denard Span (concussion) could take outdoor batting practice this weekend.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi won't rule out SP Phil Hughes' (shoulder) next start being with the Yankees.

SP | Brett Myers | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP Brett Myers has allowed 22 homers this season, which is the most in the majors.

SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow allowed a run on four hits and three walks while fanning 10 in seven innings to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday, June 29.

SP | Sergio Mitre | New York Yankees | Transaction
The New York Yankees acquired P Sergio Mitre from the Milwaukee Brewers for cash considerations. RP Buddy Carlyle was designated for assignment.

SP | Ricky Nolasco | Florida Marlins | Fantasy,
Florida Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco allowed five hits and two walks in a complete game shutout Wednesday, June 29, against the Oakland Athletics. He also struck out three batters in the 112-pitch quality start, throwing 73 pitches for strikes. Nolasco picked up his first victory since May 24. It was his fifth career complete game.

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) allowed just one unearned run with four strikeouts in six innings in a minor league rehab start Wednesday, June 29, with Class A Stockton.

SP | Guillermo Moscoso | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Guillermo Moscoso allowed three runs - one earned - and four hits over six innings in a loss Wednesday, June 29, against the Florida Marlins. He also did not walk any batters and struck out a season-high eight in the 96-pitch quality start.

SP | Jordan Zimmermann | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann allowed just one unearned run, four hits and a walk over eight innings in a complete game loss Wednesday, June 29, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He also struck out four batters in the 93-pitch quality start. He also struck out four batters in the 93-pitch quality start. Zimmermann is 4-2 with a 2.63 ERA over his past 11 starts.

SP | Dan Haren | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Dan Haren allowed just two hits and a walk over 7 1/3 scoreless innings in a win Wednesday, June 29, against the Washington Nationals. He also struck out six in the 120-pitch quality start.

SP | Lance Lynn | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Lance Lynn is likely unavailable until at least Friday, July 1. When he returns, manager Tony La Russa plans to use him in high-leverage situations after Lynn impressed in his past two appearances.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter allowed one earned run and seven hits in a complete game win against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, June 29. He won his second straight start, throwing 132 pitches. "(Pitching coach Dave Duncan) asked me after the sixth, after the seventh, after the eighth," Carpenter said. "To be honest with you, I felt just as good at the end of the game as I did at the beginning."

SP | Jaime Garcia | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa announced Wednesday, June 29, that SPs Jaime Garcia and Jake Westbrook have swapped spots in the rotation. Garcia will work Thursday, June 30, against the Baltimore Orioles, with SP Jake Westbrook pitching Friday, July 1, against the Tampa Bay Rays.

SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey allowed just two earned runs and eight hits over 7 2/3 innings in a tough loss Wednesday, June 29, against the Philadelphia Phillies. He lowered his ERA from 7.36 to 6.81.

SP | Phil Coke | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Phil Coke allowed eight runs - seven earned - and 10 hits over four innings in a loss Wednesday, June 29, against the New York Mets. He also had two walks and a strikeout, throwing just 45 of his 79 pitches for strikes. Coke slipped to 1-8, and he is winless over his past 12 outings. Coke has allowed four or more earned runs in four of his past five starts.

SP | Chris Capuano | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Chris Capuano (abdominal) said Wendesday, June 29, that the abdominal issue which promoted manager Terry Collins to pull him early from his last start was not a big deal in this outing. "It held up OK," Capuano said. "It really didn't affect any of the pitchers or anything. I was aware of it. It's been a little bit sore the past few days." Capuano ended up allowing five runs and six hits in five-plus innings in a win.

SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, New York Mets SP Jonathon Niese (heart) has been cleared to make his next scheduled start Friday, July 1, against the New York Mets, according to a team source.

SP | Zach Duke | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Zach Duke allowed four earned runs, nine hits and two walks over five innings in a loss Wednesday, June 29, against the Cleveland Indians. He also struck out four batters in the 85-pitch effort. Duke is winless over his past six outings dating back to May 28, his first start of the season. Duke has allowed 20 runs in his past four starts, none of them longer than five innings.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez allowed five earned runs, 10 hits and three walks over 7 2/3 innings in a loss Wednesday, June 29, against the Atlanta Braves. He also struck out six batters in the 127-pitch outing. Hernandez has allowed eight or more hits in four of his past five outings.

SP | Derek Lowe | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Derek Lowe allowed one run and four hits over six innings in a win Wednesday, June 29, against the Seattle Mariners. It was his first victory since May 6. He entered play with an 0-3 record and 5.29 ERA over his past nine outings.

SP | Bruce Chen | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Bruce Chen allowed four unearned runs and eight hits over six innings in a loss Wednesday, June 29, against the San Diego Padres in his second start off the 15-day disabled list. He suffered just his second loss in six decisions.

SP | Aaron Harang | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Aaron Harang (foot) is still likely to return after the All-Star break despite working in an extensive bullpen session Wednesday, June 29, to test his foot injury.

SP | Tim Stauffer | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Tim Stauffer allowed one run and four hits over seven innings in a win Wednesday, June 29, against the Kansas City Royals. Stauffer is 3-1 with a 1.00 ERA over his past five outings.

SP | Tommy Hunter | Texas Rangers | Injury,
Texas Rangers SP Tommy Hunter (groin) and RP Darren O'Day (hip) is scheduled to work an inning Thursday, June 30, for Triple-A Round Rock.

SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday, June 29, that he is leaning toward starting either SPs Ryan Vogelsong or Barry Zito Saturday, July 2, against the Detroit Tigers on short rest. "I'd lose my long-toss day, which I enjoy, but that's no problem," Zito said.

SP | Tyson Ross | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Tyson Ross (oblique) will make a rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento Saturday, July 2.

SP | Bartolo Colon | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman made it sound like the team is leaning toward activating SP Bartolo Colon (hamstring) to make the start Saturday, July 2, against the New York Mets.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein confirmed Wednesday, June 29, that SP Clay Buchholz (back) will not return until after the All-Star break.

SP | Scott Baker | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Scott Baker pitched into the eighth inning and struck out nine without allowing any runs to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, June 29. He gave up six hits and walked one to lower his ERA to 3.15. Baker has gone 3-1 with a 0.29 ERA in his last four starts at home. He finished the game with a career-high 119 pitches.

SP | Chris Young | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Chris Young (thumb) has been dealing with a sore left thumb but said the injury is nothing serious.

SP | Josh Johnson | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy,
Florida Marlins SP Josh Johnson's (shoulder) MRI exam showed no structural damage after his visit with Dr. James Andrews Wednesday, June 29. However, he won't resume his throwing program for at least 10 days. Johnson also received a cortisone shot. Andrews told Johnson that "there's nothing that should prevent him from throwing again this year."

SP | James Shields | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP James Shields lost to the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, June 29, and failed to become the sixth pitcher since 1990 to throw four straight complete-game victories. He gave up four runs and seven hits while striking out 10 and walking two in seven innings.

SP | Erik Bedard | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Erik Bedard (knee) is expected to miss just one start with his DL stint backdated to June 28.

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly has struggled to hold runners on base this year, and the Minnesota Twins stole four bases off of him Tuesday, June 28. Manager Don Mattingly thinks Lilly needs to use a spin move with runners on second base.

SP | Rich Harden | Oakland Athletics | Injury
The Oakland Athletics want to get back SPs Brandon McCarthy (shoulder), Tyson Ross (oblique) and Rich Harden (lat) before deciding if they will be sellers in the trade market.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Daniel Schlereth | Detroit Tigers | Transaction
The Detroit Tigers optioned RP Daniel Schlereth to Triple-A Toledo and recalled RP Brayan Villarreal from Toledo.

RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs CL Carlos Marmol blew the save but got the win Wednesday, June 29.

RP | Jordan Walden | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels RP Jordan Walden was trusted with a 1-0 lead in the ninth inning Wednesday, June 29, against the Washington Nationals, and he slammed the door for his 18th save. Walden had blown his past three save opportunities. Walden recorded a strikeout on a 98-mph fastball to end the game, so there is nothing wrong with his velocity.

RP | Mitchell Boggs | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Mitchell Boggs (back) is not concerned about the back stiffness which made him unavailable earlier in the week. He said he will likely be available Thursday, June 30, if needed.

RP | Antonio Bastardo | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies RP Michael Stutes worked a perfect 12-pitch eighth inning Wednesday, June 29, for his fifth hold, while RP Antonio Bastardo worked a perfect 10-pitch ninth inning for his third save. Bastardo lowered his ERA to 0.93, and he figures to see a majority of the save chances while RP Ryan Madson (hand) is on the 15-day disabled list.

RP | Brad Thomas | Detroit Tigers | Injury,
The Detroit Tigers brought RP Brad Thomas (elbow) back from his minor league rehab assignment Wednesday, June 29, but he remains on the 15-day disabled list.

RP | Aaron Heilman | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Aaron Heilman allowed a hit and walk over 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief Wednesday, June 29, against the Cleveland Indians. Heilman hasn't given up a run in seven of his past nine appearances.

RP | J.J. Putz | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said Wednesday, June 29, that RP J.J. Putz (arm) is dealing with a "dead arm." He is expected to get some time off over the weekend to rest.

RP | Jonny Venters | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Wednesday, June 29, that he is thinking of resting RP Jonny Venters for at least a few days due to his recent struggles. "We're not concerned about it, but we may have to give him a couple days just so he can recharge," Gonzalez said. Venters allowed two earned runs in an inning Wednesday, and he has given up six earned runs, six h its and two walks over his past 2 2/3 innings.

RP | Craig Kimbrel | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel nailed down his 23rd save in 28 opportunities Wednesday, June 29, against the Seattle Mariners, including one in each appearance in the three-game sweep.

RP | Heath Bell | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres RP Heath Bell converted his 16th consecutive save Wednesday, June 29, against the Kansas City Royals. He has been successful in 57 of his past 58 save opportunities.

RP | Luke Gregerson | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres RP Luke Gregerson (oblique) is scheduled to pitch Friday, July 1, in a minor league rehab game with Triple-A Tucson, and then he is likely to pitch again Sunday, July 3. He might come off the 15-day disabled list Monday, July 4, against the San Francisco Giants.

RP | Scott Feldman | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Scott Feldman (knee) is hopeful of working seven innings in his minor league rehab start Thursday, June 30, for Triple-A Round Rock.

RP | Fernando Rodney | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Fernando Rodney (back) felt fine after his bullpen session Tuesday, June 28, and will throw another Friday, July 1, before the team re-evaluates him.

RP | Kerry Wood | Chicago Cubs | Injury,
Chicago Cubs RP Kerry Wood (finger) threw a simulated game Wednesday, June 29, and could return from the DL this weekend.

RP | Matt Capps | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins RP Matt Capps earned his 13th save of the season against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, June 29.

RP | Brad Lidge | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies RP Brad Lidge (shoulder, elbow) threw a bullpen session Wednesday, June 29, and said his shoulder is feeling completely normal. He could begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Reading or Triple-A Lehigh Valley next week.

RP | Rafael Soriano | New York Yankees | Injury,
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said RP Rafael Soriano (elbow) is close to throwing off flat ground.

RP | Ryan Franklin | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
The St. Louis Cardinals released RP Ryan Franklin Wednesday, June 29.

RP | Francisco Cordero | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Francisco Cordero picked up his 16th save of the year against the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, June 29. He gave up one hit in the outing.

RP | Joe Nathan | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins RP Joe Nathan (elbow), who has seen his velocity creep back up to normal levels, is also trusting his fastball now that he appears to be healthy after recovering from Tommy John surgery. "I'm trusting my fastball right now, which is nice," Nathan said. "Before, I was definitely throwing a lot of breaking balls and not working off my fastball. I was able to throw my heater, and the times that I did go to a breaking ball, it made them more effective. I think I only threw two breaking balls."

RP | J.C. Romero | Washington Nationals | Transaction,
The Washington Nationals signed free-agent RP J.C. Romero (Phillies) to a minor league deal Wednesday, June 29. He will report to Triple-A Syracuse.

RP | Takashi Saito | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury,
Milwaukee Brewers RP Takashi Saito (hamstring) tossed a scoreless inning with Triple-A Nashville Tuesday, June 28, and could rejoin the team this weekend.

RP | Logan Kensing | New York Yankees | Transaction,
The New York Yankees signed free-agent RP Logan Kensing (Rays) to a minor league deal Wednesday, June 29.

RP | Jonathan Broxton | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Jonathan Broxton's (elbow) MRI exam showed that the bone bruise in his right elbow has worsened, which caused the team to shut him down for three more weeks. "He had no pain during (the rehab), nor the next day when he threw," medical-services director Stan Conte said. "It was the next day after that when he felt soreness when he woke up, and then he felt it when he threw that day." Surgery isn't being considered at this time.

RP | Huston Street | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies may consider trading RP Huston Street if they decide to become sellers before the trade deadline.

RP | Mike Adams | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
The New York Yankees are believed to have more interest in San Diego Padres RP Mike Adams than they do in Padres RP Heath Bell because they are reluctant to acquire a closer and put in into a setup role.

RP | Alfredo Simon | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter indicated that the team may use RP Alfredo Simon (hamstring) in long relief once he returns to the team. Showalter said the team needs a long reliever because the starting pitchers have not gone deep into games.

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